What's he like?
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Reminding me very slightly of Dickens because I had forgotten that there is a sense of humour in the writing.
Is this a common conceit of Patrick White's writing?
He reminds me also of Virginia Woolf.
I find there is a strong pattern emerging of a particularly vicious characterization of women, especially married middle class women. White doesn’t seem to be able to include friendship as a component between his married characters. The Fazackerleys in The Woman’s Hand, The Standish couple and the McCarthys in The Living and the Dead and the Frank and Fanny Parrott in The Aunt’s Story are good examples.
His characterization of the Standish children in The Living and the Dead is also particularly spiteful particularly of Eden, the daughter. I am reading The Living and the Dead and The Aunt’s Story concurrently and am finding these characterizations quite objectionable. I am looking forward to getting to his later works to see if this pattern continues.